Gertrude Kathryn Beene
Maiden Name: n/a
Gertrude Kathryn Beene passed away in her home on February 1, 2005, where she had been lovingly cared for by her children in the last few months. Born Gertrude Kathryn West in Whitefield, Oklahoma, in 1910, Mrs. Beene was the daughter of original enrollee Jennie Taylor West, and niece of World War I Choctaw code talker Robert Taylor.
She and her late husband, Dewey Beene, were long-time residents of Stigler, Oklahoma, and stayed in touch with family and many friends in Haskell County in the years since moving with their family to California in 1942 during difficult economic times. Until her 90th year, when her health kept her a little closer to home, she regularly attended and took great pleasure in the Oklahoma reunions and tribal events held annually in Southern California.
Survivors include four children, daughters Retha Delois Scott of Cherry Valley, California, and Dewey June Williams of Bakersfield, and sons Frank Beene of Bakersfield and Delmar Leon Beene of Phoenix, Arizona; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, many of whom lived close enough to give her great joy in her later years.
A faithful reader of the BISHINIK, Mrs. Beene was famous in her family for keeping everyone up-to-date on Stigler friends and civic events. At her 90th birthday party in 2000, she was especially surprised and delighted to receive an authentic Trail of Tears T-shirt from Chief Gregory E. Pyle. The family wishes to acknowledge Oklahoma friends who stayed in contact and whose letters and cards eased her last year.